Fallout 4’s (now more expensive) DLC doesn’t sound great

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Fallout 4, for better or worse, wasn’t exactly all I was hoping for it to be last year. It’s a good RPG, just not a great one – making me long for the fond adventures I had in the Capital Wasteland of Fallout 3 and the slightly better Strip of New Vegas. One thing both of those games boasted along with their excellence was good, long DLC, with each receiving four substantial story add-ons that actually made the overall package a better one.

That’s not looking like the case for Fallout 4, and what’s worse is that Bethesda are expecting you to pay even more for their Season pass now too.

Last year Bethesda revealed that Fallout 4, like every other game on the market almost, would be getting a Season Pass consisting of four pieces of content. Sounded familiar enough, which made the blind leap into content that they couldn’t even detail at the time more acceptable. That content got a little less mysterious yesterday, and it’s somewhat spitting on the faces of the fans that blindly bought in.

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The first, which comes out in March and costs $9.99, is called Automatron. With it you’ll be able to harvest “evil robots” and use their parts to make your own A.I controlled companions – fitted with all sorts of mods and voices to make them different. No story. The second, which comes out a month later and costs a measly $4.99, simply gives you cages to trap other poor wastelanders and pit them together in fights. It’s called Wasteland Workshop, and also has no story.

The third and final piece that Bethesda revealed is a little more in line with what I’d expect from a Fallout Season Pass. Far Harbour will give you a brand new questline within the Valentine Detective Agency, which will give you a front row seat to the conflict between Synths, The Children of Atom and and locals on a far off piece of the Marine. It’s a brand new story with a load of content, which is why it costs $24.99 alone.

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Thing is, these three pieces of DLC form up three of the previously only four parts of the Season pass, which is running at retail for $29.99. It will stay that way until March 1st only however, when Bethesda will increase the price to $49.99 to accommodate even more content that they’re planning, but can’t share with anyone now. So really you’re being asked to pay even more for content you have no clue about – meaning it could very well end up being more bite-sized pieces of content that sound more like mods than real DLC.

It might just be a case of being too spoiled in the past by Fallout DLC, but it’s what makes me a little angrier about the thing. Bethesda are no strangers to great expansion content, so anaemic content that alters the game in a way that someone else could for free doesn’t really instil me with much faith for the rest of the planned content that fans are now expected to pay more for.

Last Updated: February 17, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Unavengedavo

    Think I am just going to finish the main quest and then wait for all the DLC to be on steam sale. Recently got Skyrim again with all it’s DLC, so might as well start that up again O_o

  • miaau

    This is a departure from the norm for them, as much as I hate to admit it. The DLC for previous games, fallout3, Skyrim, et al (let us forget Oblivion horse armour started the DLC thing) was long, added things and were, for the most part fun. That said, with Fallout, I bought ALL DLC with games previously, this time I bought game first. Maybe I would think differently if I got them one by one, as the company obviously thinks we will do.

    What is this?

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    I’m happy waiting a year or 3 for the full package like I did with New Vegas. Got the WHOLE package for $7.50

    • Unavengedavo

      I think I got mine on Talealot for R79 last year O_o

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        I bought mine back when the Rand/Dollar was still decent, so mine came to less than R79

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      40 million rand for a game that’s that old?! Madness!!

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Look at the wording, past tense…

        Today, I’m hesitant to spend $5

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          Reminds me of a scene in Euro trip…

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      There goes the children varsity funds…

  • Marcus

    Well, fuck.
    I’ve been so exited for the DLC reveal and now I’m left with a really crappy taste in my mouth. I’m loving Fallout 4 so much I still have not completed the main story and I play every day. This makes me sad…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’m glad I never bought into the hype. F3 was dull, NV had a better story but was still kinda dull overall, didn’t expect anything different from F4 – and from what I hear once the initial excitement wears off, yip, dull.

    • miaau

      I do not agree. I found it had more longevity, for me at least, with single play-through, than Witcher 3.

      I played this everyday, December wife was “sick” (first trimester pregnancy, did not know), so she slept. I played and played, far more hours than Witcher before I, inevitably, got bored.

      • Hammersteyn

        Same here, I loved the gun crafting for starters. But I’ve had enough of Fallout for now. If they want to sell additional DLC then so be it but I cant be bothered

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Oh I know I’m probably in the minority.

        After a while I found both F3s to be a chore to play. The excitement of discovering & exploring a new location wore off when I killed the same 3 radroaches & found a rusty can & a few bottlecaps over & over again.

        Maybe it’s not so much the repetition because I play plenty of repetitive games, doing it right now with King’s Bounty, it’s the disappointment I felt when I didn’t find something different – and I could have.

        • Hammersteyn

          you’re always the minority!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

        • miaau

          I cannot see myself replaying F3 or FNV at this moment in time and I played them years ago.

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          This^! That’s exactly how I feel, both games started with this excitement of exploring the wasteland, but after a while the shiny desert sun starts flaking off of the sand and reveals the hollow interior…

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        They’ll probably add a few more of those technology fetch quests with the DLC, which. by the way, just repeated after the third piece and that’s my problem with the Fallout series as a whole…F4 was F3 reskinned with a few added extras and a stupid minecraft element in it…

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Well, it’s a Bethesda game. It’s about freedom and customization, and Fallout 4 has boatloads of it.
      Definitely worth the R400 I paid….but not worth the R800 Steam charges

    • cryzeteur

      I loved the massive content in Witcher 3 but was really annoyed at the linearity of the story. There were so many things I wanted to do differently. And modding Witcher 3 is so minimal that it is no fun. I loved the story in both Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 but both leave story lines unexploited. I wanted a DLC that puts the Institute in charge and not tying to destroy the humans. I do not think playing further in the Brotherhood extermination plot would be any fun. I do not want to destroy the earth. A lot could be done with the really weak Minuteman plot. A lot could be done with a group of mutants like Strong. Bethesda left too much undone. The Brotherhood should withdraw to regroup for a war in the West or even in China. New DLC should revolve around either that war or rebuilding the East.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    That moment when every comment is upvoted….you know Hammersteyn has arrived for “work”

    • Hammersteyn

      I’m like the Predator…. Nah nothing can cloak me 😛

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        NO SHIP THAT SMALL HAS A CLOAKING DEVICE

      • Unavengedavo

        • Hammersteyn

          Don’t wanna

  • Hammersteyn

    Meh, will wait for special if I still have that game by then

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      That’s very….PC of you

      • Hammersteyn

        Except the part where I still have it. Probably trading it for DOOM!

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Lolnice

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Politically Correct? 😛

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      The mighty hammer of Steyn has spoken, don’t buy games till everything has been packaged and shipped and get it at discounted rate!

  • Pariah

    Its the horse armour all over again. NO BETHESDA, DON’T TOUCH ME THERE. NOOOOOOOOOO

    • Hammersteyn

      only it’s power armour DLC

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Shiny Elven Power Armour DLC (TM)

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      That moment when you hear the rubber cloves snap on and you are bend over, am i right? hahaha

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]
    • Commander Admiral Chief

      The cheek-flap is hilarious!

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        HAHAHA!! Yes!!

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      mmmm what did i had for breakie this morning?

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        *have

        • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

          not after watching that, simpatie kotser hier

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Ek eet maaskaas op crackerbread vir ontbyt nou, lekker dik wittes, nomnoms

          • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

            buddy that is sick AF. hahahaha

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Got some on my fingers. Licking it off now

          • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

            O_o i am confused as all hell now! That’s sounded disgusting and vaguely naughty. hahaha

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            My work here is done

          • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

            *lights a smoke, that was a good job thanks

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            [sends Loftus a hefty invoice for good job]

    • Hammersteyn

      Pronutro!

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      Ok i HAVE watched it again and it’s not real kots, there is no ertjies and mielies in there!

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Now that you mention it, no wortels or viennas either…

  • Vernon Jonker

    iam sorry but this season pass bull is crazy if this continues we will be paying R1600 a game

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      The crazy thing is we might one day talk about how a game ONLY cost like R1600 if things continue like they are now.

      #GamePricesMustFall

      • Unavengedavo

        And we can’t just blame the exchange rate, publishers are pushing up prices as well because they are fucking greedy O_o

  • Jan Prins

    SPOILER ALERT: ONLY READ THIS IF YOU HAVE SEEN DEADPOOL

    Reminds me of that scene in Deadpool. With the Strap on. Only it’s not the Gorgeous Morena Baccarin on the back end.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      I… No, nope, no huh-uh… -Wade Wilson

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    Solstheim proved that Bethesda can do immense DLCs.
    This DLC for that price is a bit concerning.

  • BakedBagel

    LOL but people told me that Fallout4 was the greatest RPG scoring 9’s everywhere?

    Fallout4 the first game i pirated in 2016

    FEELSDAMNGOODMAN

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Yea, no.
      Steam refunds are there for a reason. If you’re dissatisfied you can return the game. Pirating is so 2000s

      • BakedBagel

        Yeah no.
        Pirating will always be a thing. Sorry 😀

        • Alessandro Barbosa

          Well thankfully not for much longer. Seems them pirates are giving up too

          • BakedBagel

            If you legit think piracy will die, ive got some bad news for you.
            It wont.

  • David Cleveland

    I thought I was hallucinating as I see elsewhere online that people are actually okay with shady ass practices of randomly increasing the price (and acting like they are doing us a favor by letting us buy it at the initial price for a limited time) with the only justification of there being “more”. Glad to see that the writer of this piece and some amount of the commenters have functioning brain cells 🙂

  • Scotty McClean

    They never said anything about there only being 4 dlcs. They said that the season pass would include literally every dlc to ever come out for fallout 4. So these first three dlcs are just the beginning of a massive collection of dlcs that have yet to be announced. You really think Bethesda is going to announce every story dlc all at once? No, they will announce 1 story dlc surrounded by abunch of other misc dlc to fill the game world up with more things to do. So far harbor is just 1 of the four+ story dlcs that will eventually be released. Good try twisting the facts tho!

  • zeondx

    This is why I bought back the season pass when it was $30.00 on sale at greenmangaming for $22.00. Still way better than $50.00 for a season pass that has only two actual dlc packs worth buying.

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